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What are Grange Soroptimists doing to raise awareness of the environmental impact of Fast Fashion?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to raise awareness of the environmental impact of Fast Fashion?

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Fast Fashion has a massive environmental impact. At the Clothes swap on Thursday 26 May  members and guests learnt about  the impact of Fast Fashion and had a great opportunity to take home some quality second hand clothes. There waas a quiz about the impact of Fast Fashion and an excellent talk and advice by Windermere stylist Carole Greenland Stylist Carol giving advice Did you know --- The textile industry is second only to oil as the world's biggest polluter Of the 8 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean the second largest amount comes directly from our clothes 11 million tonnes if textile waste is created each year Only 1% of clothing is recycled If we extended the use of our clothes by 9 months it would reduce the carbon, water and waste footprint by 20 - 30% If you would like more information
Fair Trade Walk

Fair Trade Walk

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At the Slavery Memorial in Lancaster It was great to host  Joanna Pollard on her 91 mile Fair trade walk from Garstang to Keswick and walk with her on the 2 legs between Lancaster and Kendal. The project Chocolate Has A Name is raising funds to set up Chocolate making workshops for children of cocoa farmers in Ghana. This will help keep girls in school, reduce the chance of child marriage and give them skills to enable them to develop a career using cocoa produced by their family. A great project for Soroptimists to support. Please support Joanna's  crowdfunder  for Chocolate making workshops in Ghana   If you are interested in finding out more about our work  or would like to join our club please contact us
Collecting at Cartmel Races for Barrow women’s Centre

Collecting at Cartmel Races for Barrow women’s Centre

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Ready for action A fantastic day at Cartmel races  on 31st May  with the amazing staff and volunteers from Barrow Women's Centre collecting from the generous public. A staggering final total of £1436 was raised during the day. More than ever women are in need in Barrow so it was great to be able to help and have fun. We were helped out by the trainer J.J.O'Shea who donated some of his winnings when his horse Envious Editor won! Some of the staff judged the best turned out horse for the last race!
Helping at Barrow Women’s Centre

Helping at Barrow Women’s Centre

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In addition to the usual help at Barrow women's Centre over the last few months more  members have been sorting in the Clothes and Equipment room twice weekly at the Barrow Women's Centre.  After a request for further toilet bags for grab bags for women fleeing domestic violence club members donated a massive number of toiletries and packed these. Recently our help was needed sorting school uniforms for the big Uniform Giveaway for those struggling to purchase school uniforms. Anyone interested in helping us in our work to help women and girls please CONTACT US Sorting school uniforms
Walk Cartmel to Bigland April 13th 2022

Walk Cartmel to Bigland April 13th 2022

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Six  members plus 2 partners enjoyed a walk from Cartmel to Bigland Tarn and back. Unfortunately the spectacular views usually seen from Howbarrow and Bigland were shrouded in mist, but the beautiful wildflowers incuding primroses, cowslips, marsh marigolds, wild daffodils, bluebells, wood anenomes and wood sorrell more than made up for it and everyone learnt something new about birds, trees and flowers.   There was ample time to chat  and the walk rounded off with a drink at the pub! If you want to find out more or join our club do  CONTACT US
Grange Soroptimists swim for ShelterBox April 2nd 2022

Grange Soroptimists swim for ShelterBox April 2nd 2022

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Four members swam in the annual Swimathon in Kendal and raised £440 for ShelterBox which with Gift Aid will result in over £500 for the charity. ShelterBox supports victims of disasters including those fleeing Ukraine. Club members have swum in the Swimathon  for 37 years and raised funds for ShelterBox sice 2009. If you want to find out more or join our club do  CONTACT US
Burns Night raising funds for Springfield Women’s Refuge

Burns Night raising funds for Springfield Women’s Refuge

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Members organised a Burns Night on Zoom inviting  Soroptimists from NW Region and beyond including 2 members of SI Braunschweig in Germany, including their President Brigitte. Ewen Cameron piped in the haggis and then recited the Address to the Haggis from memory , which was most impressive. Rebecca Bilkau educated and entertained us with the Immortal Memory, rounding off with husband Michael singing   A Man's a Man for a' that  in German! Richard Grout proposed the Toast to the Lassies and Gill Bitcon Replied on behalf of the lassies, both poking gentle fun at the opposite sex. The evening rounded off with a quiz and some singing ably led by Janice including Auld Lang Syne. A good time was had by all, with help from a wee dram. The vote of thanks  was by Regional President Val Thomas  who thanked  everyone for their contribution
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help families at Christmas?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help families at Christmas?

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Eight members organised and packed  53 food hampers for  distribution by Barrow Women’s Centre as part of their help for families at Christmas.  Club members made donations and we were grateful to Kirkbie Kendal School for donations of food and gifts. It was a big task but most rewarding to see lovely hampers ready for distribution. Starting to pack!
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark Human Right’s Day Dec 10th ?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to mark Human Right’s Day Dec 10th ?

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Ten members took part in letter writing as part of the Write for Rights campaign organised by Amnesty International. Members wrote letters of solidarity to  women and girl victims of  Human Rights abuses and letters to officials appealing for action. A total of 73  letters were written  and  we also wrote  E mails and Social Media posts. Dec 10th is the  anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has been translated into 500 languages and is the most translated document in the world.